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Ascend the quartz rock of the Gunks in one of the best climbing spots in the US

Discover a wilder side to New York and ascend the quality cliffs of the Shawangunk Mountains. It is one of the premier climbing areas in the entire United States and is packed full of climbing options as well as wildlife. Visit between the months of April and December for ideal rock climbing conditions.

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FAQs: Rock Climbing in New York

What should I know about Rock Climbing New York?

The bright lights of the Big Apple reveal a mecca of urban delights, but it also has a wilder, more rugged side. Just north of New York City is the Shawangunk Ridge, popularly known as the Gunks. It is the extreme eastern ridge of the Appalachian Mountains and spans from the north of New Jersey to the Catskill Mountains in the north. Plush with oak forest, the protected mountains provide excellent opportunity for rock climbing.

Why should I choose New York for my Rock Climbing adventure?

Wild New York

The mountainous region of New York spreads throughout the state counties of Ulster Country, Sullivan County and Orange County. Enormous quartz cliffs rise above the dense lush forest that carpet the hills. Panoramic views spread out across the vast green wilderness that gives you an ideal sense of solitude among the mountains. Climbing here offers rewarding sights.

Range of climbs

The Gunks of New York provide a healthy range of climbing opportunities for all types of rock climbers. With the largest chunk of climbs being intermediate, the Gunks are perfect for those with some previous climbing experience. Yet these wilder chunks of New York, with their rugged cliffs and quality rock, also host a collection of climbs to excite both beginners and experts.

Wealth of biodiversity

The mountains of New York are host to some of the most biodiverse species in the country. The Shawangunk Mountains support 42 rare species. You can catch glimpses of the Turkey Vulture and Black Vulture, as well as the Copperhead snake and the Cave Rat. While the slopes are carpeted with thick forests of oak, pine and hemlock. And dotted with lakes and streams.

What can I expect from the weather during my Rock Climbing trip in New York?

The higher altitude chunks of the New York receives a continental climate with warm summers and cold winters.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the New York region?


What currency is accepted around New York?

US dollar.

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When is the best time to travel to New York for Rock Climbing?

Visit between the months of April and December for ideal rock climbing conditions.

What people are saying about Rock Climbing | New York



Very knowledgeable guide, John, was positive and hard-working. Felt safe and had an excellent experience



Amazing climbing experience in the Gunks. It was my first time climbing outdoors and I can't wait to go again. Alan was great and took us on some multi-pitch climbs and was able to set the day to the skill level of the group.



THANKS again for a great trip!! A fantastic experience and invaluable in so many different ways. It was a pleasure to meet you. After one short experience you have become my go to guy in the Northeast. I am looking forward to many more adventures.  



We booked a party of 2 rock climbing class 101 with Alpine Endeavors in the Gunks. Our guide Jaron was super knowledgeable and helpful in showing us the ropes! Due to our skill level, we even had the opportunity to do a few multi pitch routes which was exactly what we were looking for. Super challenging and definitely well worth the price tag knowing we're were in good hands! Jaron was VERY down to earth and answered ALL of my annoying questions. I'd highly recommend this company to anyone who is looking for a new adventure with confident guides!!! Thank you again for such an amazing experience!!!



Had the best time. Finally got to climb Sky Top. It's been closed to the public since 1997 and Alpine Endeavors hold the only permit. Will definitely book again.

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